Donald Trump held a press conference today at the Trump Tower in Manhattan to announce that he has thrown his hat in the MMA ring by becoming an equity partner with Affliction, a deal he’s been working for the past six months.
“It’s financial,” said Trump regarding his partnership with Affliction. “But it’s not a very big deal for me. When you build a billion-dollar building like I’m doing in Dubai and lots of other places, that’s a much bigger financial commitment. I’ve got a lot of money. But also and perhaps more importantly, I seem to get a lot of attention. For instance, if I wasn’t here today, you might have maybe one writer. And now the place is packed.”
Trump also announced that Affliction has signed highly coveted free agent Andrei Arlovski who actually called during the conference. Arlovski confirmed during his call that he will indeed take on Ben Rothwell at the Affliction: Banned event on July 19.
Trump then went on to highlight his relationship with Tito Ortiz which stems from their time spent filming episodes of Trump’s reality show, “The Apprentice”, and revealed his intentions on going after the popular former UFC champion.
“We’ll probably be asking Tito to come along also,” Trump said. “We have many, many great fighters, but we’ll be asking Tito to come along.”